Academy Week: Frequently asked questions

Messages regarding COVID-19

Dear ANH Academy community,

The 5th annual Agriculture, Nutrition and Health (ANH) Academy Week is planned for 29 June - 3 July 2020 in Lilongwe, Malawi, where we will welcome Academy members from across the world working in agriculture and food systems for improved nutrition and health.

As an organisation devoted to health and wellbeing globally, we are concerned about the outbreak of COVID-19 caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. We are monitoring the situation on an ongoing basis and following updates from the World Health Organization and relevant government ministries in Malawi. Information about the potential future impact of COVID-19 is limited.

As of now, we do not expect any change of plan regarding this year’s ANH Academy Week. However, for Academy members who plan to attend, we encourage you to speak with your travel insurance provider about their cancellation policy before you book any travel or accommodations.

While we continue to prepare for the Academy Week, we will provide relevant updates regularly on our website.

Thank you and we look forward to welcoming you to Lilongwe in June.

The ANH Academy Week Logistics Committee

Dear ANH Academy community,

Following the recommendations of public health experts and in liaison with the ANH2020 Scientific Committee, with deep regret, we have decided to cancel this year’s in-person ANH Academy Week 2020. However, we are committed to convening the event in Lilongwe with our Malawian partners in 2021. Please continue to save the ANH2020 dates (29 June - 3 July 2020) and stay tuned for a range of virtual activities that we are planning for that week.

Health, equity and access to safe and nutritious food are all central challenges in the response to COVID-19. As this crisis unfolds, we are committed to staying focused on our mission of sharing innovations and connecting those working across disciplines and sectors who otherwise might not get the chance to meet. As we explore new ways to bring our community together in lieu of a physical convening, we will be guided by you, our ANH Academy members.

Over the coming weeks we will be launching a series of initiatives designed to facilitate information sharing around the food system impacts and responses to COVID-19 around the world. Please check our COVID-19 Resources page for additional details.

Thank you for your support of the ANH Academy and for your dedication to our shared work. We look forward to seeing you virtually in the coming months and at the next in-person ANH Academy Week. Please contact us if you have any questions:

ANH Academy Team

Dear ANH Academy community,

Following positive responses to organise the ANH Academy Week in an online format, we are very happy to present the preliminary programme for the virtual #ANH2020. You can find the latest information on the ANH2020 Resources page.

In order to strike a balance between maximizing content across time zones but not overloading presenters or participants, the Learning Labs and Research Conference will take place over two separate weeks, each consisting of three days. Both weeks of ANH2020 will include a mixture of curated, bite-sized pre-recorded materials with interactive live sessions and innovative social hangout sessions. Pre-recorded content will be uploaded in advance, saving the live events for discussion and collaboration.

The structure of ANH2020 is:

  • Learning Labs: Tue 23 - Thu 25 June

  • Research Conference: Tue 30 June - Thu 2 July

Registration will open soon and participation will be free for all attendees. Some sessions may have a limited number of seats - Learning Labs in particular.

We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere thanks to you all for the encouragement and suggestions we have received in pivoting towards a virtual event.  We are in new territory and it will be a big challenge to trial this event online. Undoubtedly some elements will work, while others may not! But with your support and guidance we feel motivated and energised to attempt this new format which will help us to all collectively move the needle on virtual conferencing!

Thank you once again. We will remain in touch with more developments!

ANH Academy Team

Key dates

The Call for Abstracts for the Research Conference has now closed. More information about the abstract submission themes can be found here.

The submission of abstracts has now closed and all submitters have been notified whether they have been selected for an oral or poster presentation.


Registration for ANH2020 is free for all participants. See the ANH2020 Resources page for the latest information and registration.


Learning Labs will be held from 23 - 25 June. See the ANH2020 Programme for the latest information.

Please see the ANH2020 Programme here and be sure to register as a member of the ANH Academy so that you can have access to the conference.


On the day

ANH2020 will be held virtually and attendees will be able to interact in multiple ways online, including interactive discussions, Learning Labs, chatrooms and and social hangouts. You can also follow the conversation on Twitter using our hashtag - #ANH2020. Our Twitter handle is @IMMANA_res. All resources will be available via our website - see our ANH2020 Resources page for the latest information.

ANH2020 will be held virtually this year, and all live sessions will be available for participants to join from anywhere in the world. We will also be recording sessions and will post them online following ANH2020.

Yes. ANH2020 will be held online and is free to attend this year. Members of the press are encouraged to attend. Please reach out to if you would like expedited access as a member of the press or if you would like to request an interview.